LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Southland will mark the Fourth of July Wednesday
with parades celebrating not just independence but also science and
technology, pastimes, children and Pacific Palisades.
The parade portion of San Gabriel‘s Kids Day & 4th of July Parade will
begin at 9:30 a.m. at Plaza Park, in front of the San Gabriel Mission, then
head north on Mission Drive and east on Broadway in the city’s Mission District
and conclude at Smith Park.
Awards will be presented for best decorated bicycle, scooter, tricycle
or wagon; most patriotic attire; and most patriotic banner.
More than 500 children are expected to participate in the ninth annual
Great American Kids’ Bike Parade beginning at 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Ave. on the
beach bike path in Long Beach.
Jerry Mathers, star of the 1957-63 television comedy “Leave it to
Beaver,” will be the grand marshal of the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July
Parade, which is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la
Paz and Drummond Street.
The theme is “Home Is Pacific Palisades on the Fourth of July.” Los
Angeles Laker guards Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris are among the other
Westchester’s 13th annual Fourth of July Parade will have the theme, “A
Tribute to America’s Pastimes.” The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
at the intersection of Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue. More than 1,000
people are expected to participate in the parade and more than 5,000 will line
Santa Monica’s sixth annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 9:30
a.m. at Main Street and Pico Boulevard and will honor science and technology.
The Sunland-Tujunga Independence Day parade is set to begin at 10 a.m.
at Foothill Boulevard and Mt. Gleason Avenue, head west along Foothill
Boulevard and end at Sunland Park.
“The best way to celebrate Independence Day is by relaxing with family
and friends, taking a day to reflect on all we have accomplished together as a
country,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told City News Service. “To me,
Independence Day is an opportunity to think back on how far America has come
over the past 236 years and the infinite possibilities for the future.”
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